Contractor Responds to Hail & Wind Roof Damage in Salina, KS After September 17, 2022 Storm Pounds Buildings
Commercial Roofing & Restoration
Salina, KS, and surrounding cities and towns took a beating Saturday, Sept. 17th, as high winds and hailstones left commercial buildings in need of emergency roof repair. RestoreMasters dispatched field crews and property owners can contact the roof repair office in Wichita, Kansas, for commercial roof inspection services.
“Damaging severe thunderstorms Saturday evening dropped heavy rain and large hail, along with wind clocked at 78 miles hour in the Salina area. Street flooding, downed power lines, and debris on roads prompted Saline County Emergency Management to initially discourage travel,” KSAL reported. “At 8:39 PM a wind gust was clocked at 78 mph at the Salina Regional Airports as storms were moving through, and nearly an inch of rain fell within an hour. At 9:45 Evergy was reporting over 6,400 customers in Salina without power. Crews were working to restore power.”
Significant rainfall after high wind and hail roof damage occurs typically impacts rafters and load-bearing infrastructure. Moisture in attics, soffits, and behind walls allows hazardous mold to flourish. Commercial property owners in Saline and neighboring counties are urged to request a complimentary roof inspection to prevent otherwise avoidable remediation.
A local high wind and hailstorm damage map shows a convergence of storms on Salina. The yellow storm fronts point to hail up to 1.25 inches covering the region. The orange sections over Trenton, New Cambria, and I-70 point to ice up to 1.75 inches pounding roofs. The light gray areas indicate high winds, and the dark gray demonstrates hurricane-force gusts left a wake of destruction around Salina Regional Airport.
Images of storm forming posted to social media:
The National Weather Service high wind and hail damage map for Saturday, Sept. 17th, shows an intense storm concentration over Central Kansas, as well as Southeast Nebraska, and Iowa. Minnesota saw scattered activity. All told, there were 28 high wind reports and 72 hailstorm incidents in 24 hours. Traditional and social media reports highlight the damage sustained in Salina and surrounding communities.
- Abilene: Straight line winds reached 65 mph.
- Beverly: The ground was completely covered by heavy and sustained hail.
- Brookville: Ice the size of quarters, driven by 60 mph winds, damaged roofs and outbuildings. High winds tore off the exterior of a commercial building. A garage door was smashed and homeowners reported an interior door coming off its hinges.
- Chapman: The Dickerson County community suffered 70 mph wind gusts that snapped hardwood tree limbs and tore roof shingles.
- Kanopolis: Ellsworth County experienced high winds and ice the size of quarters blanketing the region.
- Lincoln: Ping pong ball-sized ice chunks struck windshields and rooftops.
- Marquette: Half-dollar-sized hail struck commercial and agricultural buildings after dark in McPherson County
- New Cambria: Hail the size of golf balls pounded commercial and agricultural buildings, prompting the need for a commercial roof inspection.
- Salina: Hail the size of quarters pelted automobiles and cracked roof shingles. High winds downed utility poles along Schilling Road near Ohio Street.
- Salina Municipal Airport: Substantial damage occurred as winds reached nearly 80 mph.
- Tescott: Areas of Ottawa County saw hail the size of golf balls cover communities and businesses for nearly a half-hour.
The importance of a commercial roof inspection cannot be understated after severe weather causes widespread property damage. Roof leaks may not become evident for months as water damage quietly impacts structural supports. RestoreMasters helped West Des Moines and Clive, Iowa, property owners recover from a hailstorm on August 19, 2022.
Tornadoes, hail, and even strong winds can cause severe wind damage to roofing systems. Older roofs are susceptible to severe wind damage, by winds as low as 50 mph. The severity of roof damage depends on several factors including: type and age of roofing materials, presence of flying debris, roof shape and angle, building height and proximity to adjacent structures and the quality of original roof installation.
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